Folio x mm. Engraved frontispiece portrait by Francesco Rosaspina after Andrea Appiani, text and specimens enclosed within double rule border, specimens printed on rectos only, three folding plates of musical notation and over Roman, Greek and exotic types, borders, mathematical, astronomical, and other signs. Volume I: leaves; Volume II: leaves. Portrait lightly foxed, binding rubbed, overall a very fine copy, entirely untrimmed bound in the original orange boards with printed spine labels. It was completed under the care of his widow and Luigi Orsi, who was for twenty years foreman to Bodoni.

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Advances in printing technology during the late eighteenth century allowed Bodoni to design letterforms with higher contrast between thick and thin strokes, and crisp horizontal serifs. Bodoni interpretations either work at display sizes and are impossible to read at text sizes, or are made to be legible at text sizes but look sloppy at display sizes.

Users end up having to mix and match Bodonis, resulting in inconsistencies of design and quality. Years in the making, this font family includes a whopping 64 static font files and 2 variable font files, ensuring you will have the perfect Bodoni for every situation.

Features No Compromises To put it simply, I made this typeface the best it could possibly be. I built the font from the ground up, using the principles laid out by Bodoni himself in the Manuale Tipografico. It also includes fractions and unusual punctuation such as the interro-bang.

These things are all possible with variable font technology. The 64 static font files are still available for free, and the source code for the variable font version is free to download and comes with instructions on building it yourself. One Size Does Not Fit All Giambattista Bodoni worked with physical type, which, despite its many limitations had one major advantage: when working with physical type, one will inevitably make different versions of each letterform for differ-ent sizes.

The solution is to make a different version of your typeface for different sizes, a solution that resembles the custom cutting of physical type. However, because this is so time consuming, most type designers will do three optical sizes at most. Make sure to replace 11 with the optical size of your choosing.

Try me out! Its development is public, so changes and improvements can come from you, the community that actually uses it.


Giambattista Bodoni

It consists of a collection of different alphabets and a series of around 1, friezes, as well as a foreword in which Bodoni lays out some of his working methods. It is probable that the letter founder from Parma had borrowed the title from a small technical manual by Fournier, the Manuel Typographique of , but in reality the two volumes, although sharing the same name, were objects with very different functions. Whereas that of Bodoni was a sample book displaying typefaces and ornaments that he had designed. Here, what we find is a proud and monumental summary of his activity, which Bodoni wanted to conserve in time, setting it down in black and white. What they have in common, however, is the object at the centre of the work, which is to say alphabet letters in their printed form: writing that as it spread has had such a weighty effect on western culture over the last five centuries. A select group of international graphic designers has contributed to the making of a typographical poster. The objective of this section is to set up a visual recognition of concepts around the potential of writing expressed by designers who are known for their outstanding and conversant approach to printing.


Giambattista Bodoni. Manual of Typography

Although he drew inspiration from the work of these designers, [7] above all from Didot, no doubt Bodoni found his own style for his typefaces, which deservedly gained worldwide acceptance among printers. Bodoni also took care in the composition of his printing, using hierarchy and borders to create an appearance of elegance, and his range of type sizes allowed him flexibility of composition. Writing of meeting him in the year , James Edward Smith said: A very great curiosity in its way is the Parma printing-office, carried on under the direction of Mr. Bodoni, who has brought that art to a degree of perfection scarcely known before him. Nothing could exceed his civility in showing us numbers of the beautiful productions of his press The manner in which Mr. Bodoni gives his works their beautiful smoothness, so that no impression of the letters is perceptible on either side, is the only part of his business that he keeps secret.

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